‘In the hot seat’: Rare honour for sports editor

2011-08-16 00:00

QUINTIN van Jaarsveld of Shelly Beach had the rare honour to feature in the Springbok team photograph ahead of last Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test against the Wallabies in Durban.

Van Jaarsveld, the sports editor of The Fever Media Group and editor-in-chief of SARugby.com, attended the Bell’s Night of the Stars Rugby Extravaganza at Durban’s ICC last Tuesday.

That evening eight sought-after memorabilia and lifestyle items were auctioned to raise funds for the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund.

One item to go under the hammer was a photo opportunity with the Springboks before their traditional friday captain’s run.

The successful bidder — at

R20 000 — was Gavin Varejes, president and founder of the SA Rugby Legends Association, who generously asked QuadPara Association of South Africa national director Ari Seirlis to present it to someone who would relish such a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Seirlis duly presented the golden envelope to Van Jaarsveld, a former Suid-Natal High School

pupil, who suffered a catastrophic rugby injury during a first-team match in 2000.

After soaking up the pre-Test atmosphere with the team at the Beverley Hills Hotel in Umhlanga, Van Jaarsveld took his place between skipper John Smit and vice-captain Victor Matfield, a slot usually reserved for coach Peter de Villiers.

Reportedly only three other non-former Boks have had the honour to feature in the team photograph in the history of Springbok rugby.

Touching on the experience to meet the players, Van Jaarsveld said, “The guys were great. I had met a number of them before in a working capacity, but it was great to just engage in casual conversation with them.

“I recall moments before the photo was taken that John said, ‘Now you’re in the hot seat, for the man with the most difficult job in the country.’” — Witness Reporter.

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